Child Participation

Children have the right to participate in matters affecting their lives and should be enabled to give their opinions, and to have those opinions taken into account. Through participation, children learn self-expression, empowerment and ultimately greater self-esteem.  Children are a diverse group and therefore children of different ages, abilities, backgrounds, races, and both genders should ideally be included in a consultation process.

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Bromley, Debbie; Sampson, Liz; Brettle-West, Jo; O'Reilly, Michelle - Journal of Child Health Care,

This study used focus groups with 49 Looked-After-Children (LAC) in the UK to explore how to improve communication practices and ways of gaining feedback to facilitate quality improvement across healthcare.

Adrian D. van Breda & John Pinkerton - Emerging Adulthood,

The special issue of Emerging Adulthood titled “Care-Leaving in Africa” is the first collection of essays on care-leaving by African scholars. This article, coauthored by scholars from North and South, argues in favor of North–South dialogue but highlights several challenges inherent in this, including the indigenizing and thus marginalizing of African experience and scholarship and divergent constructions of key social concepts.

Hanita Kosher & Asher Ben‐Arieh - Child & Family Social Work,

This paper presents findings from a study conducted among 151 Israeli social workers, examining their perceptions on children's participation.

UK Children's Commissioner,

‘Children’s Voices: Children’s experiences of instability in the care system’ is published alongside the Children’s Commissioner’s third annual Stability Index and features interviews with 22 children in England who are in care or care leavers.

2019 Class of Foster Youth Interns - Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute,

This report presents policy recommendations to improve the U.S. child welfare system, made by young adult interns who participated in the Foster Youth Internship Program® (FYI), "a highly esteemed congressional internship for young adults who have spent their formative years in U.S. foster care."

Annamária Neag - Media and Communication,

This article presents the use of bespoke, artisanal board games in cross-national interview settings with unaccompanied refugee children.

Universities of Stirling, York, and Lancaster in collaboration with Adoption and Fostering Alliance (AFA) Scotland,

After almost five years of detailed research and analysis, the reports of the Permanently Progressing study (phase one) were published on 20 June 2019. The study investigated decision making, permanence, progress, outcomes and belonging for a large cohort (1,836 children) of all children in Scotland who became looked after in 2012-13, when they were aged five or under.

Maggie Grant, Helen Whincup, Cheryl Burgess - Universities of Stirling, York, and Lancaster in collaboration with Adoption and Fostering Alliance (AFA) Scotland,

This report has been completed as one part of the study Permanently Progressing? Building secure futures for children in Scotland which heard directly from children about their experiences.

Lisa Merkel‐Holguin, Laura Schwab‐Reese, Ida Drury, Heather Allan, Dana Hollinshead - Child & Family Social Work,

As part of a 3‐year US federal project of family group conferences (FGCs) in one jurisdiction, this study collected fidelity data from professional and family member participants of FGCs, including children and young people. Descriptive data from a small sample of child and young people participating in FGC suggest differences in their perspectives regarding family empowerment, transparency, and inclusion in decision making, when compared with the perspectives of other family members and professionals for whom data are available.